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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

In front of the livery Stable - Pictured above is a hearse owned by W.L.E Appleyard. This pictured was taken in 1904 in front of William Peck Livery Stable located on West Main St.
100 years ago

Representative Brandes Thursday introduced a resolution providing for a committee of three to be named by the speaker to investigate the hospitals for the Insane of the state of which proved to a practical unanimous vote. Most of the cases reported are from Clarinda.

"One of the most horrible is where two attendants choked a patient with a wet towel until his eyes were affected. This case was in April last year. Fred A. Rogers made the complaint. When the nurses were putting him to bed, his eyes were discovered to be horribly inflamed. He declared that two attendants, T.T. Carr and J. F. Turner, had choked him and otherwise maltreated him.

The board of control investigated the case and discharged both men, who denied the charge in toto.

Dr. W. C. Macklin January 6 of this year discovered L. Creed scuffling with a patient in the Clarinda asylum, striking and mistreating the patient. He was discharged at once.

But another complaint from Clarinda, where W. R. Jackson complained that he had been assaulted by B. Bagnall, an attendant, investigation showed that he and another patient were fighting, and Bagnall was only trying to separate them. He was "exonerated."

There is no complaint so far as we know, from Cherokee hospital but there will be thorough investigation of all the asylums.

We believe that in the Cherokee hospital that Dr. Voldeng exacts humane treatment of patients and that cruelty always insumes prompt dismissal.

75 years ago

Palmers Greenhouse - The Palmers Greenhouse was located at Cedar Street and Roosevelt Avenue.
Treptow Post American Legion, imbued with a spirit of optimism as its membership drive was launched into the final states, held an open house session Monday night at their hall and listened to a clever program topped off with a lunch. The honored speaker of the evening was Ray Murphy of Ida Grove, one of the state's outstanding legionnaires, and considered one of the best versed members of the legion legislative committee.

Murphy's talk was preceded by solo numbers by Bert. Tilton, accompanied by Mrs. L. P. Ristine, pianist, and by two character sketches by Frank Burns. The numbers were highly enjoyable.

Being Enacted

"Most of the legion's legislative program is in process of enactment." The speaker said. "We have obtained a loosening up of disability benefits, have seen much of our national preparedness program enacted and now are continuing the fight to obtain benefits for widows and orphans of ex-service men. The outlook for this legislation is quite bright, although it may not pass at this session of the congress."

The speaker also praised the Cherokee post for its progressiveness and for its beneficial effort in connection with disabled veterans at the state hospital. "I say in all seriousness that I think the Cherokee post is one of the outstanding posts of the entire American Legion, and especially in Iowa." He also gave his own post at Ida Grove a bit of praise for its miraculous membership drive of last September, which filled the post quota prior to the national convention.

The Cherokee post needs more members to reach its quota but Monday's wholesale drive netted at least 15 additional names, giving Commander Fullerton and his committee a virtual "vote of confidence."


Candidates for the office of director of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce are announced by the election committee. Of the eight men nominated by the membership primary ballot four will be elected during the annual meeting to be held at the Presbyterian church at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Milo Sauer, Carl Goeb, Geo. Stowell, C. D. Meloy, A. W. Jones, Perry Boughton, Forrest Knipe and Justin Barry received the highest number of votes in the primary election.

An outstanding feature of tonight's program will be a talk by David Olmsted of Des Moines, a former Cherokee resident. Olmsted, active in public affairs for many years recently became manager of the Hotel Savery. He is an associate member of the national association of commercial secretaries.

The principal address will be delivered by Fred. W. Swanson of Des Moines, recognized authority on the NRA as applied to Midwestern business. Other entertainment will be furnished.

Following the regular meeting highway boosters representing a group of towns interested in obtaining adequate highway facilities will confer with the local committee. Delegates of Shenandoah, Emerson, Harlan, Denison, Schleswig, Ida Grove, Holstein, Larrabee and Primghar will be present.

This conference is expected to be of great importance to Cherokee county as it will begin a movement to bring a through highway to the county, an advantage present road systems do not provide.

Rev. Paul Wuebben of Remsen suffered chest injuries when he drove off the road near the overhead crossing west of Meriden Monday night. His condition is not serious, attendants at Sioux Valley hospital report. Extent of the injury was to be learned by an x-ray picture Tuesday. It is expected that he will remain at the hospital but a few days.

It is reported that the man lay under his car for two hours before a passing motorist found him and brought him to the hospital about 2 a.m.

The injured man's father is also a minister, living at Calumet.

50 years ago

Cherokee will reach a milestone in its progress Sunday when Northwestern Bell Telephone Company begins dial operations in its new $820,000 plant. The new system and building were dedicated Thursday noon.

The first telephone service was inaugurated here in 1883 by T. T. Kiem. It involved connecting 25 businesses around town and was operated from the office of an attorney named Meservy.

Prior to the luncheon and program yesterday in Speelmon's Steak House, some 50 guests were taken on a tour of the new $150,000 building on West Main by Ben Adams, manager of the Cherokee office.

M. F. Oberg, vice-president and general manager from Des Moines, gave the speech of dedication.

Brief talks were given by Guy M. Gillette and Mayor E. A. Peterson.

First Calls

The first local call over the dial set-up was made by Mayor Peterson to Postmaster Paul F. Hoyt. Gillette made the first inter-state call to his brother, Adm. Claude Gillette, Ret., at Delray Beach, Fla.

Alice Timmins, Chamber of Commerce secretary, made the first trans-oceanic call to the weather bureau in Honolulu. Sidney Bell, representing Immaculate Conception School, then called the Honolulu operator for the time there.

Jim Mueller represented the Washington High School Student Council, and Supt. Richard Kinkead the Cherokee Public School system, other guests included city officials and representatives of various civic organizations.

Arrangements for the calls over the new system were made by Connie Borman, chief operator.

Fr. L. J. Lynch gave the invocation and the Rev. W. E. Lack the benediction.


Miniature dial telephones bearing name plates were favors at each place. Tables were centered with red and white carnations for the dedication event.

Northwestern Bell has been in the building on South Second street since 1912.

The move to the new structure at the top of West Main Street Hill will be accomplished beginning at midnight on Saturday, February 14.

Constructed of light tan brick and cement block, the spacious and modern building measures 80 x 83 feet. Both the ground level areas and the large rooms downstairs are completely air conditioned and air filtered.

The main entrance faces north and has a display window to the left and a planter box to the right as one enters.

Double glass doors to the left of the entry hall lead to a large business office which has a customers' room at the front.

Directly ahead as one steps into the hall is a glass door leading to the employee section. This may be opened only by dialing code numbers.

Along the east side of the corridor in the employee section are located a locker room and rest room for the operators, a janitor's closet and--at the back of the building--a large lounge for the operators complete with a kitchen unit, table and chairs.

On the west side of the main floor is a high ceiling switchboard room where nine operators will handle toll calls only other than calls dialed to "information."

Back of the switchboard center is a large cable room which contains both a local testing board and a toll testing board. Dial switchboard equipment is set up in a third large room at the back on the west side.

The basement contains an employee meeting room, a mens' restroom and lounge and $30,000 worth of heating and air conditioning equipment.

There also is a large storage room and a battery room from which current is drawn to operate the dial service.

To the west of the building is a parking lot reached by a side exit.

Wide windows, fluorescent lighting and walls finished in paste shades combine to provide an attractive as well as efficient setting.

25 years ago

Residents of Country Side Estates are preparing for "A Home With Heart" celebration Tuesday.

The event, scheduled at the home, features a bake sale, a "kiss the pig" contest and balloons and will benefit the American Heart Association.

Karl Grimmelman of KCHE radio and Tom Peterson of KCAU-TV will participate in a "rock-off" through which they will raise donations. A baby pig has been loaned to Country Side for the pig kissing contest.

"A Home With Heart" is a national theme for the American Heart Association activities to raise funds for the effort to reduce premature death and disability due to heart disease.

For further information, contact Mrs. Wayne Buck, committee chairman, 302 S. Sioux St., or Mrs. J. Pearson, activity director, Country Side Estates, 921 Riverview Drive.

Neighborhood Girl Scouts will be out ringing doorbells Feb. 16-27 for their annual cookie sale.

Scouts hope to sell 200,000 packages of seven different varieties.

The cookies are scheduled for delivery to customers March 26-April 15.

The cookie sale raises funds for Sioux Trails Girl Scout Council, which is a member agency of the Cherokee County Fund Drive.

This year's sales will be conducted with the motto, "Girl Scout Cookies in the Great American Tradition."

The Professional Staff Association at Western Hills Area Education Agency has received a 5.5 percent increase in salary and fringe benefits on a new contract.

The two-year contract was recently ratified by the Western Hills AEA Board of Directors.

The PSA approved the plan in January.

The salary base will increase from the current $13,600 to $13,925. The base wage for 1985-86, the second year of the agreement, will increase to $14,350.

The Cherokee Area Archives board of directors has elected Dr. Don Koser chairman.

Lyle Poulson, a new board member, was elected vice chairman. Officers re-elected include: Mrs. William (Jeanine) Berger, Marcus, secretary; Charles Crocker, treasurer, and John Cook, Jr., legal counsel. Marguerite Whiting will continue as director of archival work.

The Cherokee Area Archives organized in 1960, promotes the safekeeping of area and family history. The 15-member board is seeking a permanent, safe location with public access for the archives collection.

The Washington High School Jazz Bank placed second to LeMars in its class at the Tri-State Jazz Festival Saturday.

The WHS band competed with four other Class A bands from Northwest Iowa at the festival at Morningside College. The second-place finish qualifies the WHS Jazz Bank for State competition in April at the University of Iowa.

In addition, two members of the band were cited for "Outstanding Soloist" awards. They are Joe Duggan, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Duggan, on tenor saxophone and Scott Kruse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kruse, on trumpet.

A Washington High School debate team won the State Championship Class B Division Debate in Carroll Saturday.

On the affirmative team, which supports a resolution, were Tom Vetter and John Lundquist. Randy Walters and Dan Winterton were on the negative team.

Debate coach Jan Cook said, "This is the first time Cherokee has ever won a state championship, at least on all the information I have on the debate team."

All are sophomores except Walters, a junior. A team consisting of the four members of the team placed second last year. "We were out to try to win this year, and we did," Cook said.

Another Washington High School team, with David Fritz and Mike Pullen taking the affirmative and Terry Letsche and Blaine Peterson taking the negative, came away from the competition with a 4-4 record, Cook said.

Each competing team participates in four rounds of debate. The affirmative side of one team debates the negative side of their opponents, and then vice-versa.

"Our team made it through the first four rounds undefeated, 8-0, and then went into the elimination round," she said.

The top four teams then enter an elimination round, she said.

In the elimination round, the top four teams debate each other--two at a time--before five judges. Then, the two winning teams debate each other.

"They won the final round on a 4-1 decision," she said.

The subject of debate for the team all year has been whether the criminal court system should establish uniform procedures.

In the Class A division, LeMars placed first, Cook said.

This weekend Lundquist, Vetter and Winterton will travel to Sioux City to participate individually in the National Forensic League District Tournament.

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